Friday, October 13, 2017

Easy DIY Gutter De-Gunk

Fall is here, the trees are changing, and before you know it, the leaves are going to start falling like crazy. And unfortunately, that means leaves piled on your lawn, all over your car, and especially stuck in your gutters—yuck! But don’t worry. We’ve got a no-fret, no-mess way to help you clean out your gutters fast—and all you need is an empty plastic bottle. Here’s our 5-step secret solution:

Start with an empty plastic bottle that’s no wider than your gutters (a fabric softener, detergent, or bleach bottle is perfect). Make sure it has a handle.
Rinse the bottle out, replace the cap, and lay it on its side with the handle facing up. Then, draw a diagonal line with permanent marker from one side of the lid to the base (see Figure 1 at right).

Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut along your guide line, and then continue cutting all the way around the bottle, matching the angle of the first side. And voila—you’ve made a handy-dandy homemade scoop! (See Figure 2 at right.)

Grab some garden gloves and an extension ladder, and dig into those gutters. Start by sliding your scoop along the gutter. Scrape up any and all leaves and debris. Just make sure you get down off the ladder and move it with you as you work, so you don’t lose your balance. And never, ever hang on to the gutter, or it could come loose!

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Bees a bother?

Here’s one surefire way to tell it’s fall when you step outside—the bees and yellow jackets are everywhere! So how can you enjoy the last outings of the season with all the buzzin’ going on? Here are a few ideas that just might curb the little buggers’ enthusiasm:

Quick cuke trick. Lay plates of freshly sliced cucumber several feet away from where people will be eating. Bothersome bugs will be attracted to the cukes, and leave you (and your food) alone.
Fabric softener fix. Tie a fabric softener sheet to a belt loop or to the back of your ball cap. Bees and yellow jackets can’t stand the smell of the stuff.
Make a homemade trap. Cut a banana peel into strips and put them into an empty 2-liter bottle, along with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour water into the bottle until it’s about 3/4 full. Then, just set or hang the open bottle near where you’ve seen lots of stinging insects.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Store Your Bulbs for Winter

Instead of spending your hard-earned money on new dahlias, tulips, lilies, or other tender bulbs every year, why not simply keep the ones you already have? As soon as their leaves start to turn color in the fall, dig ‘em up and wash them in a bucket of our Terrific Bulb-Cleaning Tonic (below), then tuck them away in a frost-free place until next spring. Here are the easy bulb-cleaning instructions:
  1. Mix up a batch of the Terrific Bulb-Cleaning Tonic: 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo, 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 quart of warm water in a bucket.
  2. Gently drop your bulbs into the mixture. Let them soak for a minute or so, remove them, and set them on a wire rack to drain.
  3. Be sure to let them dry thoroughly before you put them away; otherwise, they’ll rot.
  4. When next spring rolls around, pull out those bulbs, plant ‘em as usual, and enjoy the beautiful blooms—and that extra money you saved!
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Friday, September 22, 2017

End-of-Summer Lawn List

Fall is just about officially here, but it’s not time to pack your lawn mower away for the winter just yet. There are still several good weeks of green grass left to enjoy before ol’ Jack Frost comes a callin’, so make sure to keep taking good care of your grass with these steps:
  1. Continue cutting your grass to its maximum recommended height. Many types of grass start to go dormant when the first frost hits, so keep an eye out for a cold snap. Once your lawn stops growing, drop the blade a notch, and mow one last time.
  2. Don’t let fallen leaves remain on your lawn, or they’ll block the sun and moisture from reaching the grass. Rake ‘em up and add them to your compost pile or green-waste bin.
  3. Pay attention to the weather. A few days before temps are expected to dip into the 30s, give your turf a good soaking with our Last Supper Tonic (below). A lawn that goes into the winter with a full stomach will always wake up in better shape than one that didn’t.
  4. Mix up a bucket of our Last Supper Tonic: ½ can of beer with ½ cup each of apple juice, Gatorade®, urine, fish emulsion, ammonia regular cola (not diet), and baby shampoo. Then pour the solution into your 20 Gallon Hose-End Sprayer, and apply it to the point of run-off.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Wallet-Friendly Fruits and Veggies

The end of summer is ripe with fantastic fruits and vegetables that are farm fresh, either from your local farmers’ market or grocery store produce aisle. And not only are the current crop wallet-friendly, they also taste their juiciest best! Here are the 5 best fruits and veggies you can buy fresh right now.
  1. Apples. Crispy, crunchy, sweet, and tangy, apples top the list of most folks’ favorite fruits. For the next few months, you’re sure to find your favorite variety readily available, and at its peak of ripeness. Scrub the skin clean and bite right in, or slice a few and add ‘em to a leafy green salad.
  2. Blueberries. These tasty treats are loaded with antioxidants that’ll help keep you in the pink of health. Eat them by the handful, or whirl them into a frozen yogurt smoothie.
  3. Cucumbers. Sure, you can find cukes year-round at the supermarket, but bagging them at your local farmers’ market makes ‘em taste extra fresh. Add thin slices to your sandwich to add zest and crunch, or toss them in a cold pasta salad for a late summer side dish.
  4. Nectarines. Summer’s sunniest delights are so juicy, sweet, and delicious, it’s hard to believe they’re good for you, too. But they are! Nectarines are loaded with beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A and C. Take a bite and get the juices flowing! Or finely chop one and stir the morsels into fiery salsa for a sweet-hot sensation that’s out of this world.
  5. Tomatoes. There’s nothing quite like biting into a tomato that’s still warm from the garden. But don’t worry if you didn’t grow your own this summer—just head out to the farmers’ market and bring home a bagful. Then slice ‘em, dice ‘em, and let ‘em brighten up your salads, pastas, and burgers.
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Friday, September 08, 2017

Perennial Prime Time

Right now is prime time for dividing your overgrown summer-flowering perennials, so don’t let this opportunity slip by! If you’re not sure where to start, just follow these simple steps:
  • Think it over. Decide where in your yard you want to relocate the excess growth. Or, make plans to do a perennial exchange with friends and family!
  • Thoroughly water the clumps you plan to divide a few days before Division Day. When the Day arrives, cut all the top growth of the clumps back by half, and dig up the roots.
  • Gently tease or break the clumps apart, or cut them with a sharp knife or spade. Make sure each new baby plant has at least one bud or stem and some roots.
  • Treat ‘em to this Dandy Division Tonic:  1 can of beer, ¼ cup of instant tea granules, 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and 2 gallons of water mixed together in a 5-gallon bucket. Let the pieces soak for about 10 minutes or so.
  •  Plant your baby plants (or any plants you received in a perennial exchange) into compost-enriched soil, and give ‘em all a good drink of water to settle things in. By next spring, these babies’ll be rarin’ to grow!
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Friday, September 01, 2017

Labor-Free Laundry

Labor Day picnics are supposed to be fun and relaxing. So if your hot dog hoedown goes haywire, and you or your guests wind up with globs of mustard or ketchup on your clothing, don’t worry—just try one of these quick and easy fixes:
  • Scrub MUSTARD SPOTS with a solution of 1 teaspoon each of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar in ½ cup of water. Lay the stained area on top of an old absorbent towel, pour the solution onto the stain, and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse the area with hot water, and then launder the item as usual.
  • KETCHUP STAINS are some of the easiest to remove. Just wet a sponge or paper towel with lukewarm water, add a dab of dishwashing liquid, squeeze the extra moisture out, and blot the spot. But whatever you do, don’t rub the stain—it’ll just drive it deeper into the fabric.
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